By the way this government did not have scam worth its name - though the friendly media tried their best to nail George Fernandes (of all the people) in a cooked up coffin scam.
But recall what the media did to this newly minted ministry. The BJP of those days thought that with the victory, the Congress ecosystem had become well and truly theirs and became complacent. And the media did what they have been doing in the last few months - ever since the Modi government came into power.
In those days there was no social media worth its name so it was just the media all along. Many of the media turncoats swore allegiance to Vajpayee, but retaining their allegiance to the Congress ecosystem. And here is a glimpse of how they reacted during the IC-814 hijacking.
In a nutshell: